Sarah vows: “I’ll go back and run the Boston marathon”

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Defiant Sarah McGarel has vowed to complete the Boston Marathon course next month.

The 29-year-old was just half-a-mile away from the finish line last Monday when the horrific explosions - which killed four and left hundreds injured - went off.

But in a show of solidarity to the people of Massachusetts, Sarah will re-run the course.

It will be a show of resilience, proving that terrorism will not stop anyone in the city from living their lives to the full.

“I will be back to finish what I started here in Boston for the 2014 Boston Marathon,” Sarah told The Standard.

“Additionally, one of the reasons I wanted to run was that it was on my list of things to do before I turned 30.

“I kind of don’t feel like I’ve quite accomplished that yet, so I will actually run the Boston course again on May 4 with some friends.”

Former Boston High School pupil Sarah was raised in our Boston, but is in her third and final year of working in for PwC in our daughter city.

Last week The Standard reported how she was running in the marathon as the bombs went off. Her parents, John and Jenny were also in the USA cheering her on, just more than a mile from the finish line.

“The first thing which made me feel like something wasn’t quite right was when I saw someone in the same charity singlet as me walking back towards me,” Sarah continued.

“Almost immediately, I found myself running into a huge crowd of people.

“It hadn’t been so crowded up until then as people had really spread out as they neared the finish line.

“People had stopped, and many people looked confused. Lots of people were on their mobile phones at this point, and I overheard someone saying there had been an explosion at the finish line.

“At that point, I immediately turned and ran back to find my parents, I had passed them at the 25 mile marker.

“They had started to walk towards the finish line so I was jumping up and down by the barriers and shouting for them as loud as I could.

“Eventually I got their attention and they came over. There was just a huge amount of confusion as people didn’t really know what was going on.

“People were in a state of shock and tears as the news filtered through. Panic quickly set in with so many of us having friends and relatives at the finish line.”

Sarah went to collect her race bag last Tuesday, where members of the US Armed Forces were passing back valuables and medals - all entrants receive one - to those who returned.

Sarah – pictured above with her dad John – believes the people of Massachsetts will refuse to let the atrocities halt their daily lives.

She added: “People have really pulled together. I’m sure you have heard the saying ‘Boston Strong’.

“When they caught the second suspect on Friday night, you could hear people walking down the street chanting ‘USA’.

“People were applauding on the pavements as the emergency services left the scene - my first thought when I saw that was it was just how people had been as I ran the marathon.

“Even people wearing Boston clothing in the streets makes everyone feel part of a big team.

“I think everyone is just so proud of how the city has dealt with this, and the stories which keep coming out in terms of how people have helped in different ways only helps to fuel that feeling. “